About Us

Jayeeta (Jo) Sharma

Jayeeta Sharma (Jo) is the founder of the Eastern Himalaya Research Network, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Historical and Cultural Studies at the University of Toronto. She holds graduate appointments at the University of Toronto in the Departments of History, Religion, Diaspora and Transnational Studies, and the Asian Institute. She received her PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2003 for a dissertation on imperial tea plantations, commodity capitalism, and cultural nationalisms. She published her first book Empire’s Garden in 2011 from Duke University Press and Permanent Black, a finalist for the Berkshire First Book Prize. Her academic interests include migration, labour, gender, food, urban, and post-colonial cultures. She is the series editor of the Empires in Perspective book series.

Jo's current research explores cross-cultural encounters and transnational Himalayan circulation with particular reference to the hill-station towns of Darjeeling and Kalimpong and the Eastern Himalayan region. Jayeeta works closely with the Digital Scholarship Unit at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC), the digital home for this research network.





Institutes, Centres and Units

Digital Scholarship Unit at the University of Toronto Scarborough Library

The DSL functions as a laboratory for experimenting scholars who collaborate with expert library staff for research and instruction. The unit also ensures the interoperability and stewardship of data assets, and builds skills and capacity for digital scholarship.